Apparent drug overdose leads to investigation of alleged drug lab in PT

PT Police, County Sheriff and Fire Rescue, State Patrol SWAT, FBI all on scene


The death of a 43-year-old Port Townsend man March 27 has lead to a multi-jurisdictional investigation, including the issuance of a search warrant due to hazardous materials found at a Port Townsend residence.

According to Keppie Keplinger, public information officer for the Port Townsend Police Department, there are no threats to public safety, but the investigation remains ongoing.

The investigation was sparked off when Jefferson Health Care Center medical personnel found Jarrod Bramson, 43, at the hospital unconscious in a vehicle at approximately 8:14 p.m.

Although medical staff attempted life-saving efforts, Bramson was ultimately pronounced dead of an apparent drug overdose.

Investigations into Bramson’s death led officers to a 12th Street address in Port Townsend, which in turn led to the discovery of hazardous materials, from which investigators drew the conclusion that the residence was being used as a drug lab.

On March 28, the Port Townsend Police Department applied for and was granted a search warrant for the residence.

The same day saw the residence’s occupant, 38-year-old Adam M. Kelly of Port Townsend, taken into custody for drug charges.

Kelly was arraigned March 29 in Jefferson County Superior Court, where he faces potential felony charges of controlled substances homicide.

The search warrant is being executed at the residence with the Port Townsend Police Department currently acting as the primary investigating agency, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Ecology, Washington State Patrol SWAT, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and East Jefferson Fire Rescue.

Further details will be posted as they are made available.

The FBI has not yet responded to requests for comment from The Leader.


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